Applesauce Bread

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This tender and moist Applesauce Bread is made even more delicious with a crunchy cinnamon oat topping. Enjoy a slice for breakfast, brunch, or afternoon snacking!

Applesauce Bread with cinnamon oat topping. Such a yummy fall bread recipe!
Applesauce Bread

Although I have dozens of quick bread recipes in my collection, I had never tried applesauce bread before. Boy, was I missing out!

This bread is perfectly spiced, smells fabulous while baking, and is delicious hot or cold. Oh, and it’s easy to make. Bonus!

sliced applesauce bread with crumb topping on a red plate

Don’t even get me started on the topping. Guys. It’s buttery, crunchy, sweet, and downright delicious. It is the perfect addition to the moist and cinnamon-y bread. You are going to be tempted to pick it all off the top of the bread. So will your kids. You may have to hide it. 😉

applesauce bread on a red plate

I’ve made this bread several times. Sometimes with nuts, sometimes without. Sometimes with sour cream, sometimes with buttermilk. It’s pretty versatile.

However, it does tend to stick to the pan. If you don’t want to use shortening and flour to grease your pans, I recommend using Baker’s Joy and lining the bottom of  your pans with parchment paper. Because there’s nothing more frustrating than having your perfect loaf of bread crack in half and stick to the bottom of the pan.

close up of applesauce bread with crumb topping

I used canned applesauce, but if you have homemade, I’m sure that would work splendidly. It’s a delicious quick bread. Enjoy!

slices of applesauce bread on a plate

Tips for making Applesauce Bread:

-Make sure you grease your pans really well with shortening or Baker’s Joy spray, and use parchment paper on the bottom for best results. Regular non-stick spray doesn’t work as well.

-A few readers have had their topping sink. I’ve only made mini loaves in these pans, and never had a problem with that. I think that because the large loaf takes so long to bake, the filling sinks before the bread is set up. It might be a good idea to cut the topping in half if you make the large loaves.

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Applesauce Bread

Yield: 18 servings

Applesauce Bread

Applesauce Bread
Moist and delicious applesauce bread with a crumbly oat topping.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup soft butter


Use shortening and flour or Baker's Joy to grease six mini loaf pans or two large loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment. Set aside.

Beat together eggs, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl. Mix in applesauce and sour cream. Combine dry ingredients and stir in. Add nuts if desired.

Pour into your prepared loaf pans.

Mix together the topping ingredients with a fork till crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the loaves.

Bake at 325° for 30-40 minutes for mini loaves, 60-70 minutes for regular loaves.


-My mini loaf pans are about 3x5", and my large loaf pan is 9x5".

Enjoy making (and eating) quick breads? Here’s a few more recipes:

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Bread
Lemon Blueberry Bread
Eggnog Crumb Bread

To see all my quick bread recipes, click HERE.


  1. Hi, this sounds delish! My question is: Could you freeze the loaves once they are done — wrapping them well in plastic then put in a zip lock bag? I give baked goods at Christmas, and this sounds so easy; however, I would need to make up in batches and freezing them before I hand them out would be a big help to me. Thanks!

  2. I’m not trying to endorse anything, but I tried every bread pan on the market. Bread would stick and/or burn on the outside edges. Until I tried Rachael Ray’s pans. I never have to grease them and the bread bakes perfect every time and doesn’t stick. Sometimes I have to run a knife around the edges after cooling for a bit, but that’s it! Easy peasy!!

  3. Jeannette Waniski says:

    What about high altitudes?

  4. Would Almond Flour work as a substitute to the regular flour?

  5. Sally bavis says:

    It was ok..nothing great. I expected a lot more after all these comments.

  6. What a great article!

  7. Linda walters says:

    The picture is yummy looking. Figured out that the topping must go on later as the bread bakes. Mine has sunk in the middle since my topping has already sunk in the middle. Sure hope my bread comes out not soggy..question whend o you add the topping?

    • I’ve never had my topping sink, but I’ve always used the mini loaf pans. I add the topping before I put it in the oven. Sorry you had trouble with yours. Did you use the large pans? I’m wondering if that is a factor.

  8. Debi Smith says:

    Its easy enough to make and tastes good but my topping sank to the bottom and parts stuck to the pan.

  9. This is a wonderful recipe! It is easy and delicious! I added chopped walnuts to the crumb topping. This is going on my holiday baking list. I bake about 20-30 loaves of quick breads each season.

  10. Eugene Dencel says:

    Made this, wonderful great , yummy

  11. Can I add a can of Apple pie filling?

    • You could definitely try it, but I’m not sure how the extra moisture and sugar will change the final product. Let me know how it goes.

  12. Debbie N says:

    A friend made some for us last week . So delicious I couldn’t wait to get the recipe. I am making it for parties the next 2 Fridays. Thank you Kara!

  13. My coworker made this bread for us for the holidays. It was so yummy that I immediately got the recipe for myself. Going to try it today!

  14. I had apple butter at and used that. My family loves chocolate chips so I added that as well. Came out great, thank you.

  15. Would this work with greek yogurt instead of sour cream

  16. Would this work with greek yogurt instead of sour cream

  17. Are you using rolled oats for the crumb topping?

  18. Do you use unsweetened applesauce?

  19. Karin Muserallo says:

    Do you just put parchment on the bottom OR on the bottom and all sides? Thanks!

    • I typically just put parchment on the bottom because I know I can use a knife to loosen the sides if I need to. But you could definitely use parchment on the sides as well if you prefer.

  20. I made your applesauce bread. It is a winner!!! Moist and dense, and the crumb topping is perfect.

  21. Hi Kara!
    I’m wondering if this recipe would work for muffins as well. I like to bring treats for my students and muffins are easier to pass around. How long do you think they should bake?

  22. Tammy G says:

    Do you think this could be made with chunky applesauce?

  23. This bread is amazing moist and omg the topping. I will make this to give at bake sales family and friends

  24. Elizabeth says:

    I’m making this next, I think it will be delicious!

  25. I want to make this soon! 🙂 For us. A loaf of this could also be a wonderful gift to a favorite hard-working teacher with a cute apple tag on it. (Btw, I can’t believe SOMEone hasn’t made and commented on this!! Kara, you have such amazing recipes.)

    • Thank you so much Susan! I love getting feedback, but most of my readers are pretty quiet, so most of my posts don’t have comments. It honestly makes my day when someone leaves kind words, so know that you are appreciated!! And I love the idea of adding an apple tag for a teacher – I might just have to make one up!

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